It's time for my favourite blog post of the year - my look back at the past year's highlights! Here, without any further ado, they are...
I was privileged to participate, for my second time, in the annual InFocus Photo Exhibit in Edmonton, Alberta. The show took place in February 2018. This time I had my image "The Silver Dollar Room" in the show.
The Silver Dollar RoomThe Silver Dollar Room - one of Toronto's truly great and historic music venues. So many legends have played there. Here's hoping The Silver Dollar Room survives a proposed condo development for the site and retains it's distinct character. The Silver Dollar Room
The 2019 InFocus Exhibit will take place in February 2019. I am thrilled to again be part of the show. This time two of my images - Grid City and Gooderham Snowfall - are part of the show. Gooderham Snowfall is eligible for the annual People's Choice Award. The winner is chosen by voting, which is daily until February 6th. I would love your vote!
I had a wonderful time participating in Picture 2050 - a photo contest with an environmental theme that invited participants to envision what Toronto could be like in the year 2050. I was thrilled to receive some recognition for my images which were part of a gallery in City Hall.
Island KayaksA view of the city from the Toronto Islands.
This image was selected as an Honourable Mention in the Picture 2050 photo contest.
To read more about the contest, you are welcome to view my blog post here. Island Kayaks - an image selected for exhibit by Picture 2050
To learn more and view additional photos please visit my blog post about Picture 2050.
Photo Ed Field Trip
In early May PhotoEd Magazine held a forum for teachers who teach photography. I was allowed to participate as someone who intends to teach photography. It was a wonderful event. Below is a photo I captured that day. To hear and see more about the event, click here to see my blog post about the day.
On several occasions I have had the opportunity to be a guest photographer with Project Kids and Cameras - a wonderful program run by talented photographer Diana Nazareth. In late May 2018 I had the opportunity to do so once again. This photo is from one of my visits in 2017...
I haven't shot live music in clubs very much in the past year or two, but in 2018 I got out to capture a few bands for Canadian Music Week once again. Here are a few highlights...
Booklyn Doran at Night Owl
Royal Prospect, from Sweden, performing at Night Owl
Sean William Clarke at The Paddock
In related music matters - I have had a great time being the official photographer for Air Guitar Canada for the past several years. Here are a few images from the 2018 championships - the winner of which went to represent Canada at the World Air Guitar Championships in Finland...
I love getting out to art shows to share my work. People are so kind and the feedback on my images is very encouraging. This year I participated in the Danforth East Arts Fair, Queen West Art Crawl, Spring and Holiday Artisans Market at Sick Kids, The Leslieville Flea Holiday Market, and the West Rouge Holiday Market. Below is an Instagram post featuring some of the fantastic volunteers at the Queen West Art Crawl.
Trip to Portland and Seattle
I had a wonderful time visiting Portland and Seattle with two good friends in July 2018. Here is a photo that I shared on Instagram that I will include in an upcoming blog post (or two!) about the trip...
In November 2018 was invited to document National Children's Day for Children First Canada - a meaningful organization that works to raise awareness, and to implement change, so that children are respected and can live healthy childhoods. National Children's Day gathered participants from across Canada to discuss issues that are pressing to children and youth. Here are a few images from the day...
Contact me to discuss how I can help document the great work of your non-profit organization!
Since late 2017 I have been working on a new documentary project that celebrates older shoe and shoe repair stores of Toronto. I have photographed and interviewed on video owners of about seven stores since I began. The below Instagram post shows one store that I visited in November 2018.
I am very thankful to all the store owners who shared their stories with me. I am also very thankful to SJ Kim, a student who interned with me this past year. SJ helped in a number of ways, but especially with several photo and video shoots for my shoe store project.
George Street DinerThe classic diner along Richmond Street east of Jarvis. A number of movies have been filmed here including "The F Word" (also known as "What If") with Daniel Radcliffe.
This image was shot on Kodak Ektar film and is available as a print. George Street Diner
I had so much fun shooting film in 2017, I did even more in 2018. Here are my blogs on the subject:
Thanks for sticking with me in 2018! I wish you all the best in 2019!